16th June 2016

Student accommodation in Kingston

Eden Street has had many changes in the past, is undergoing change and faces more changes. Its origins can be traced to pre-Roman times and it was once called Heathen Street. Formally, many people lived in this interesting street and had their businesses there. Its prison, Militia barracks, lodging houses, boarding schools, Methodist Church, Friends’ Meeting House, YMCA and all but one of its pubs have disappeared.

The talk investigates why the name of the street changed, looks at some of its past institutions, the people who lived there, how they earned their livings, and where they came from.